This year's excavation returned to the metalworking area outside the mound's ditch and uncovered a wealth of finds including a sword pommel and ingot mould.
The earliest item is a Viking bronze sword pommel from the late tenth century incised with diamond shapes and simplified animal forms.
He died in September 1087 after suffering from major internal injuries when his horse, scared by embers in a burning Norman village, reared and rammed the pommel on the saddle into William's stomach.
He could see long, curving horns attached where the pommel would be on a normal saddle, and the rider carried a shield and a long stave, and had a sword sheathed at her hip.
Xavier smiled encouragingly at her, and Zeya looked ready to pommel anyone who touched her.
The grey changed leads again, clumsily, and crashed over the obstacle, ramming the pommel of the saddle into Michael's belly.
This done he attached a crossguard, handle and pommel of a simple sword.
As he reached the ground his pony started to run and was dragging the body which was evidently attached by a lariat to the pommel of his saddle.
Two guards stood on duty just outside the entrance, hands resting on their sword pommels ; one dressed in blue and silver, the other in grey and green.
Their riot helmets rest quietly on the pommels of their saddles, but the body language of the officers is hostile.